passage 3, pages 307-309

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm




I annotated this passage because I felt that it was a very interesting way for Morrison to finish off the book. It had so many parallels to the first time people came for Sethe and her children that the opposites within it stood out even more and caused the ending to be such a shock.

This entire passage was laced with references to earlier in the book, and at least one time Morrison takes the exact wording from earlier in the book. In both instances Sethe is doing manual labor when the people come, and in both instances she runs right to her children, and in both instances she sees a man coming and she cannot see his face but still knows what he is here for.

What is really getting me is the fact that Sethe runs, and Beloved is in a position that Sethe was in.

Beloved is a pregnant woman at this point, and is having her “family” leave her, almost exactly what happened to Sethe.

This awkward familiarity causes a strange sort of anxiety in the reader, because the passage is set up to sing in tune with what had happened earlier in the book, and I feel like that is really the big reason on why it comes as such a shock when Sethe runs away at the end.

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